Chowan choirs to perform in Suffolk

Published 9:37 pm Monday, April 16, 2012

The Chowan University choirs will share music from around the world during a concert in Suffolk next week.

“What a Wonderful World!” is the theme of the concert, which will take listeners on a musical tour of Israel, Zambia, South Africa, France, Italy, Scotland, the Caribbean and the United States.

The concert will cost $5 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 24.

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Gregory Parker, professor of music an director of choral activities at Chowan, describes the performance as “a snapshot of the rich tapestry of the world’s music.” Audience members will be treated to arrangements of such popular, jazz, and folk songs as “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” “Shenandoah,” “April in Paris,” and “What a Wonderful World.”

Musical selections from other countries include “Bonse Aba,” “Hava Nashira,” “O sole mio,” “Shosholoza,” and “Loch Lomand.”

The performance features a number of Chowan singing groups joining forces to present the show, including the Chowan Chorus, Chowan Singers, Cantare and the Men’s and Women’s choruses.

The Chowan Chorus is made up of area residents and Chowan University students. Chowan Singers is the university’s auditioned touring choir. In addition to annual tours throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, Chowan Singers has performed in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, France, and Italy, and will travel to Ireland in March 2013.

Cantare is an eight-voice ensemble that performs secular music of the Renaissance, vocal jazz, pop tunes and Christian contemporary arrangements.

The Men’s and Women’s Choruses comprised the combined men’s and women’s sections of Chowan Chorus and Chowan Singers. Additionally, a Men’s Quintet has been formed for the performance of “Loch Lomand,” and Chowan Chorus and Chowan Singers will combine to present James Erb’s lush setting of “Shenandoah” and an arrangement of Harry Belafonte’s “Turn the World Around.”

Tickets are available at www.suffolkcenter.org or by phone at 923-2900.